"Leaders must listen to their peoples", says UN chief

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses Government Summit in Dubai. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Leaders around the world must listen to their people, particularly women who for too long have not had an equal voice, according to the UN Secretary-General.

Ban Ki-moon made the comment at an annual international gathering of heads of state in the United Arab Emirates.

The event reportedly brought together representatives of more than 90 countries to discuss pressing security and development challenges.

Stephanie Coutrix has more.

People around the world are calling as never before for greater transparency, accountability and democracy.

That's what the UN chief said at the opening of the international summit, for which this year's theme is "Shaping Future Governments".

He said leaders who place themselves above the law and their people put their government at risk of collapse.

Meanwhile, he added that leaders who answer the call of their people will be strong.

Ban Ki-moon said he is setting the example at the United Nations by being the first Secretary-General to publically disclose his personal financial assets.

Other UN officials have followed his lead by disclosing their assets every year as well.

The UN is also working on improving internal reforms for better approaches to human resources, technology and management.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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